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Debbie Ridpath Ohi FAQ > What's Your Illustration Process? > Is your work digital or non-digital? What are your tools?

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Q. Is your work digital or non-digital? What are your tools?

(Last updated March 16, 2016)

My work is mostly digital, but recently I've started experimenting with non-digital as well as mixed media.

For my illustrations in SEA MONKEY AND BOB, written by Aaron Reynolds and coming out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in April 2017, I used my Pentel Pocket Brush for some of the line work, then adding color and texture digitally in Photoshop.


I draw with an 8" x 6" Intuos 5 Graphics Tablet, and my main computer is a 27-inch iMac (Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 3 TB Fusion Drive). 

I like working with two monitors so I can move around different windows, easily view multiple images, etc.. My external monitor is a Dell.

In addition to a regular printer, I also bought an Epson Stylus Photo R2000 so I could start experimenting with printing black linework on watercolor paper, and then using real-life watercolors.

I also have an 11-inch MacBook Air for when I travel.


On my iMac, I use Photoshop CS6. I abandoned Corel Painter years ago when I found out it didn't have native CMYK, but have just recently started experimenting with it again.

On my iPad Pro, my favourite drawing program (using the Apple Pencil) is currently Procreate.

Non-Digital Tools:

Favourite sketching tool: Pentel Pocket Pen Brush. I discovered this during a David Small illustrator intensive at the SCBWI-LA conference. The ink cartridges don't last that long, but I just love the expressive line.

I'm starting to experiment more with watercolors and am currently using Winsor & Newton Cotman tubes as well as portable field sets. I know they're considered student-grade, but I can't justify the cost of the pro-grade paints while I'm still practising.

Last updated on March 16, 2016 by Debbie Ohi